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EIA Publishes Regional Electricity Supply and Pricing Forecasts Using UPLAN Model

LCG, August 13, 2019--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it is revising the presentation and modeling of its forecasts for electricity supply and market hub pricing to better reflect current electricity markets and system operations in the U.S. Beginning with the August 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the new forecasting approach models electricity markets using the UPLAN production cost optimization software developed by LCG Consulting. EIA uses the solution results provided by this proprietary model to develop the STEO forecasts of monthly electricity generation, fuel consumption, and wholesale prices.

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Dominion Energy Virginia Pursues 500 MW of Renewable Projects

LCG, August 8, 2019--Dominion Energy Virginia announced Monday that it is seeking bids for up to 500 MW of renewable capacity in both 2021 and 2022 to increase its clean energy resources. Dominion Energy stated that it is committed to having 3,000 MW of solar and wind in operation or under development in Virginia by 2022. This near-term step is part of an ultimate company commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 across the 18 states it serves.

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FPL Announces Plans to Construct Combined-Cycle Facility in Florida

LCG, July 7, 2015-Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) last week announced plans to construct the 1,600-MW Okeechobee Clean Energy Center in Florida. The natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant is estimated to cost $1.2 billion and is planned to commence service by mid-2019.

"Not only would this new plant help us meet the needs of Florida's growing population and economy, it would also be one of the lowest-cost, cleanest and most efficient of its kind in the world," stated the president and CEO of FPL.

In March 2015 FPL filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) its ten-year plan that forecast a significant need for additional firm power generation beginning in 2019, with more to be added in future years. FPL also issued in the first quarter a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite prospective bids from interested power providers for firm generation. However, FPL received only one partial bid that did not conform to the terms of the RFP and fell far short of meeting the required energy need. With such a response, FPL plans to proceed and construct its own facility.

The proposed Okeechobee Clean Energy Center would be built on company-owned property in northeastern Okeechobee County, where the 2,800-acre property also offers space to accommodate future large-scale solar power generation facilities.

Prior to construction, regulatory approval will be required, and the process is expected to extend for 14-16 months. Plans must undergo comprehensive reviews by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FPSC and a number of other county, state and federal government agencies. FPL intends to file for regulatory approval in the coming months.

The president and CEO of FPL stated, "We're building on our successful strategy of phasing out older, inefficient facilities and replacing them with advanced, high-efficiency clean-energy technology in a way that ensures we can meet the growing energy needs of Floridians while keeping their electric rates low. The strategy is working: our system is among the cleanest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S., and our typical customer bills are about 30 percent lower than the national average."
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